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Canadian Mining Abroad: The Boom and the Backlash

Canadian Mining Abroad: The Boom and the Backlash
A mural in San José del Progreso portrays a bleeding Canadian flag on the coattails of the Grim Reaper, armed with a mining pick, who brings money and death to a sunlit countryside of people, animals and crops. The quotation from Pablo Neruda asserts: "We will win. We, the simplest people, will win. Although you don't believe it, we will win."

Business-friendly laws have made Canada the preferred legal residence for three-quarters of the world's mining companies. But many of those companies actually operate in developing countries whose legal systems inspire little confidence, even among their own citizens.

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TIMELINE: Canada's Mining Controveries

TIMELINE: Canada's Mining Controveries

A (very) partial chronology of murder, rape and corruption surrounding ventures abroad.

Liam Barrington-Bush and Jen Wilton / 30 Sep 2013


A Mine, a Movement and a Town Divided

A Mine, a Movement and a Town Divided

In Mexico, local resistance to Canadian mining companies is growing as the industry booms.

Liam Barrington-Bush and Jen Wilton / 30 Sep 2013


Conflict Dogs Canadian Mining Abroad

Conflict Dogs Canadian Mining Abroad

Companies blame violence at foreign sites on long-standing local disputes. Does the story hold up?

Jen Wilton and Liam Barrington-Bush / 1 Oct 2013


Mining Victims Seek Justice in Canada

Mining Victims Seek Justice in Canada

Precedent-setting case could bring more accountability to industry abroad.

Liam Barrington-Bush and Jen Wilton / 3 Oct 2013


In These Mexican Towns, Mining Resistance Is Fertile

In These Mexican Towns, Mining Resistance Is Fertile

Communities share tips on how to 'just say no' to Canadian-based companies.

Liam Barrington-Bush and Jen Wilton / 4 Oct 2013